Who Would Believe ...

... that I have actually finished this cardi before Winter all but disappears! There are still a few chilly weeks left in our Queensland Winter that I will be able to wear this, without looking like I am overdressed looking in the distance for the snow clouds looming...
In reality, this is a quick and easy pattern to knit up, if you follow the directions 'as-is!' But where is the fun in that? The original pattern that I liked was ...

... from the Patons book #1264, View 8, a shaped cardigan using both Moss Stitch and Textured Stitch, and rated as Easy. Whilst I liked the simple design feature of the shaping around the waistline, and the simplicity of the Moss Stitch, which looks complicated but is very straightforward and brings a bit of interest to an otherwise plain cardi, I wasn't fussed on the high crew neckline. So I used the front ribbing and neckline from View 6 ...
And,  I could be considered a lazy knitter by some, as I have a dislike of knitting separate bands that only consist of 4 stitches - like a mini scarf, only worse! Having to stitch them on by hand is a big turn-off to me. Anyway, I will do anything to avoid this, so I added the 4 extra stitches onto both of the fronts and knitted the bands at the same time as the fronts, adding in the buttonholes at every second pattern line - brilliant!

Next on the list (sewing again, not knitting) is making a long sleeved winter top from this fabric hidden away in the stash...

I have just on 3 metres of this stretchy fabric, so at some stage must have had an inkling of making up a dress of sorts! But looking at it now, with a more 'mature' eye, I think the busyness of the print will only hold out for a top. Just need to delve into the pattern stash and see which will be the lucky pattern this time around. 

Love seeing all the summer sewing happening around the globe, and the few winter outfits popping up as well. So much happening, it is hard to keep up somedays...





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